"to inspire reverence for wildlife and concern for the natural environment"

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The Thornton Burgess Society
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Massachusetts Cultural Council


About us. . .

The Thornton W. Burgess Society is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 to carry on the pioneering conservation work of author/naturalist Thornton W. Burgess (1874 - 1965). Mr. Burgess, who was born and grew up in Sandwich, MA., went on to achieve national and international recognition for his children’s stories that teach lessons of conservation and love of wildlife.

Over 170 books and 15,000 stories by Burgess chronicle the tales of Peter Rabbit and his animal friends, including Jimmy Skunk, Grandfather Frog, Johnny Chuck, Sammy Jay, Reddy Fox, Hooty Owl and many others. Through these engaging stories, generations of young people have learned about the natural world and have developed an understanding of the importance of conservation of our natural resources.

The Thornton W. Burgess Society operates the Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen at 6 Discovery Hill Road (off Rte. 6A) in East Sandwich, and the East Sandwich Game Farm.  The former Thornton W. Burgess Museum in Sandwich Village is now permanently closed to the public.


Dec. 6 & 7, 13& 14, 20 &21:  COUNTRY CHRISTMAS   Come by our Open House at Green Briar during the first three weekends in December. Taste a sampling of our delicious Jam Kitchen products and a cup of mulled cider. Browse among a variety of great holiday gift ideas in the Green Briar shop offering jams, jellies, relishes, books, an abundance of nature-related items as well as books, games, puppets and toys for children. Unique handmade gifts and home decorations created by our Green Briar Crafters are also available.

Join us for a "fun" and educational fundraiser

Sunday, DECEMBER 14       11:30am - 4:00pm
Join us as renown chocolatier/confectioner Raymond Hebert conducts a candy making class, chocolate tasting and fine wine pairing at the Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen. All proceeds will benefit the Thornton Burgess Society and Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The class is limited to the first 15 participants who send in their pre-paid registrations to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster (508-896-3867 ext #133). All ingredients will be donated by Stage Stop Candy of Dennisport. Wines donated by friends of Thornton W. Burgess Society and Liquor 'N More of South Dennis. Participants will be able to bring home what they create just in time for the holidays! They will learn melting/tempering chocolate, advanced chocolate ganache, Almond Toffee Crunch, authentic Kentucky Bourbon Balls, Old Fashioned Puff and if time permits Cut Marshmallow.

The cost (donation) is $200 per person.
Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the educational programs of the Thornton Burgess Society and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Upcoming Events

Child  Programs  
See Child Program page for
full details

Burgess Book Club for Children   Ages 6-12

Meets last Friday of every month from 4:00-5:30pm at Green Briar.  Please register for each month.   

November     The Adventures of Bobby Raccoon    11/21/2014

 $2 per child to cover snack.

Scouting Programs
Registration required

Troops are invited to come and complete requirements for badges and patches. Space is limited, so register early. OVERNIGHTS are booking now.

Family  Programs
see Family Programs page for complete details
CRITTER CAPERS at Green Briar Fridays at 10:30am


Adult Programs
Registration required

Nature Walking Club
Wednesdays  - call office for info


 “The Call of the Surf: The Golden Age of Surf Fishing in New England 1940-1960”

August 25 through December 31

A Meet the Collector & Gallery Tour” is scheduled for Friday, October 17 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Out On a Limb:
Bird Nests & More

The Pastel Paintings of
Eileen Casey




New - just released

Nature's Ambassador
The Legacy of
Thornton W. Burgess

By Christie Palmer Lowrance

Nature's Ambassador 

Book Reviews

Bird Kit

Education Kits are now available to be loaned (free of charge) to educators for a 2 week period.  The topics available are:  Birds, Mammals, Honey Bees, Endangered Species, Herps, Rocks & Minerals, Seashore Life, Dinosaurs & Fossils and Plants.


Jam Class

Get together a group of 6 or more friends for your own private jam class.  Call the office for details  508-888-6870  Mary or Andrea - or - join one of our regularly scheduled adult or family jam workshops.  Jam Workshops

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Around the Pond
by Mary Beers
Director of Education




Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537